Increased border enforcement leads to more migrant deaths
Adam Serwer posts this rather grim chart:
"Skeletal remains" refers to those bodies so decomposed that cause of death couldn’t be determined. Perversely, increased border enforcement seems to have the effect of making crossing more dangerous and professional smugglers more money without actually dissuading people from going over. All of which makes the obsessive public focus on border enforcement more bizarre and counterproductive.
Indeed, it’s rather like talking about how we need a better sieve while the boat sinks slowly beneath the waves. Or, rather, it would be like that if the ship were actually sinking. Since the ship is not sinking, it’s rather more ridiculous. Layers upon layers of absurdity dominate the immigration debate. I don’t really expect this to change.
There is also some good news out on the immigration front today. Elise Foley reports in the Washington Independent that Harry Reid is tacking the DREAM Act on to the defense authorization bill, providing “paths to citizenship for some undocumented students who came to the U.S. as children.” Obviously this is not quite as big a deal as say, Ronald Reagan granting amnesty to nearly three million illegal aliens, but it’s still pretty damn good news for those of us who support increased immigration and, for lack of a better term, amnesty for undocumented workers.